Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.
Whoa Nelly! It’s been a couple of weeks since I participated in a TTT (yeah, I’ll be honest. I’m lazy. And I’ve been falling behind on that whole thing wherein I finish a book and then actually take the time to review it). I love this week’s topic though, so I had to jump on it.
You know those books and characters you love so much you feel like you just can’t bear to say goodbye to them? You know those stories that leave you with such a terrible book hangover you feel you may never truly recover? Honey, I’ve been there. And this happens with series, it happens with trilogies and it happens with stand alones. For me, even if a book ends perfectly I’ll take any tid bit–a deleted scene, a reread, anything–to give me another taste of a book I love.
Here’s a list of the books I wish could have had sequels…or novellas…hell, I’d even take a deleted chapter or two:
1. The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson- Shocker, right? I know. This book is perfection, but I could live in those pages, drink up Lennie and her Grams and, um, yes, Joe “Bat Bat” Fontaine endlessly.
2. The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen- At this point, if you’re a regular reader of this blog, you may be feeling psychic. I’m just very loyal to certain books and this is one I adore. Again, the ending was just right, but I would love to read more about Wes and Macy and the gang and hear how they grapple with their lives, with grieving and with love. Sa-woon!
3. Past Perfect by Leila Sales- It’s no secret that I love Sales’ quirky, funny style and this book just make me smile. It made me laugh out loud and snort in a very unladylike manner. I’d enjoy more antics of life at Essex Historical Colonial Village. I mean hello, how hilarious is that job?
4. How To Save a Life by Sara Zarr- Oh, man. Something in this book touched a nerve in me. I loved, adored, practically wanted to have babies with the end of this book. It was so well-done. I’d be so content to be a fly on the wall and check up on Jill and Mandy and the baby.
5. The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay- Another book that burrowed itself deep in my heart. Oh, the love I feel for this one! The last line totally gave me chills and smiles and tears, so much so that I had to text my blogging besties about it. But I think there is a long, beautiful road ahead for those beloved characters, Nastya and Josh, and I’d gladly read more.
6. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell- Be still my heart, this book was perfection. But that ending. I know what will happen, I just want to see how it all unfolds, how these two amazing souls will go on their journey and circle back to each other.
7. Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta- I almost, almost think a sequel would spoil this one but let’s be honest: I’m all about Jonah Effing Griggs. I think he has his hands full with Taylor and together they are a powerhouse–but there are issues there, things they’re both aware of, things that are no fault of either of them but that they need to individually work through and I would love to see where that leads them as people and as a couple. And Hannah and Jude. They deserve some happiness after everything.
8. The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau Banks by E. Lockhart- After everything Frankie pulled as a sophomore in high school, I’m pretty sure she can kick the crap out of college. That’s the story I’d like to see. Where is she now? No doubt she’s somewhere being AWESOME, but I want to know more about it.
10. I’ll Be There by Holly Goldberg Sloan- I think originally there were rumors that Sloan may continue this story. I’m not sure if that’s still a possibility (and I’m too lazy to find out), but these are characters who are truly just beginning in life. They’ve all overcome this major hurdle and found love in all forms. I think there is so much more to tell as Sam and Riddle become a part of Emily’s family.
11. Classics- I think it goes without saying (but here I am saying it) that I’d eat up any sequel to a classic, especially Pride and Prejudice or Emma. I’d prefer a sequel straight from the source but since this is physically impossible unless some crazy, previously unpublished Austen manuscripts are unearthed, I’ll take one of the modern retellings, or sequels so many people seem happy to write.